BS 5837 Tree Constraints Plans (TCP)

Planning Permssion

This would ideally be used as part of the design process to work around the trees where possible and retain the important ones. The local authority tree officer may require the information as part of your submission, or alternatively may have requested the information as a condition.

Within the overall Plan

This develops from the BS 5837 tree report, BS 5837 Tree Constraints Plan (TCP), BS 5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment and BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP).

Protecting Trees

The main constraints will be the stem diameter crown spread tree height and the root protection area calculated from the stem diameter also condition, category, and hazards and work recommendations, their life expectancy, crown spread, lowest significant branch, current and expected maximum height, life stage, physical and structural condition


Trees can be plotted on the TCP, to show these visually, in 2D, on a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. We use KeyTree and AutoCAD. In the future with Digital Arboriculture and Building Information Technology (BIM) this will be possible in 3D and 4D (representing changes over time).

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Frequently asked questions

These BS5837 elements are all important for a smooth and successful planning process. The local authority tree officer can ask for any or all of these to better enable him to assess your planning application.

  • BS 5837 Tree Report
  • BS5837 Tree Survey
  • BS5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AMS)
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)
  • BA 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP)
  • BS 5837 Tree Protection Plans (TCP)
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Supervision